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New Vaccine Will Be Offered In November

October 10, 2021

In November, the Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine will be offered to students aged 12-17 as part of the school reopening plan. The vaccine is said to have fatal consequences within two years for all recipients.
One message, posted by several youth groups against Pfizer’s vaccination program, claimed the vaccine would result in young people dying within two years after being injected with it, according to Chawetsan Namwat, director of the Emergency Health Hazard, and Disease Control Division.
Several parents have expressed their reluctance to consent to their children being vaccinated because of this claim, he said.
Covid-19, developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, has been proven to meet the safety standards for vaccine development and production and is used widely in both countries.
In Thailand, about 3.6 million young people have signed up to be vaccinated, and the first batch of 1.8 million doses of the vaccine has already been distributed to provinces. More than 1.5 million doses will be available next week, and more supplies of the same vaccine will arrive later, he said.
So far, just over one hundred fifty thousand students have received a vaccination, according to the Center for College Situation Administration (CCSA).
Dr. Sopon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said three cases of heart muscle inflammation have been detected among these recipients and all have recovered following prompt treatment.
According to Dr. Chawetsan, vaccination of school students isn’t the main requirement for resuming onsite learning. Instead, compliance with Covid-19 regulations is.
Additionally, students must wear masks at school and maintain social distance, he said, in addition to receiving vaccinations for almost all employees.
Amporn Pinasa, secretary-general of the office, previously advised in-school learning to be resumed if vaccination coverage reached 85% or higher.

Thai Restaurant Operator Has Sued Thai PM For Ineffective COVID-19 Policy

September 28, 2021

Restaurant operators have sued Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for 50 million baht in damages resulting from ineffective measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the court said Never-Ending Summer Co represented 39 restaurant businesses in a class-action lawsuit. As a result of examining the petition and request, the court has set Nov 9 for a hearing via Zoom.
In the petition, Never-Ending Summer said its business suffered from the government’s decision to temporarily close restaurants during the fight against the virus because the emergency decree failed to control the situation.
“According to the petition, it is claimed that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a nationwide emergency under the Covid-19 pandemic and had acted willfully or negligently, resulting in several disease clusters,” the court said.
According to the report, vaccination campaigns, antigen test kits, and drugs to alleviate Coronavirus were conducted in an inadequate manner.
The filing also names the Public Health Ministry, Interior Ministry, and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
The group’s compensation was calculated from March 17 last year. It coincided with the early stages of the first outbreak of the disease that has crippled the economy.
The Never-Ending Summer restaurant is located in the compound of Jam Factory in Bangkok’s Klong San district.

Thai Health Official Thinks COVID-19 Will Become Endemic

September 22, 2021

Kiatiphum Wongrajit, public health permanent secretary, predicted that due to the relaxation of regulations for businesses and activities, it is unlikely that the number of Covid-19 infections would fall below 10,000 and that the disease would become endemic.
Dr. Kiatiphum said that the rate of daily Coronavirus infections would gradually decrease but likely stay around 10,000 and will not reach zero.
In places like Bangkok and Phuket, where people do not exhibit severe symptoms and people are well vaccinated, such as Covid-19 disease, may soon become endemic.
The hospital bed shortage problem has gradually improved, according to Dr. Kiatiphum. However, people should not be careless and should wear face masks, regularly wash their hands and observe social distancing, he added.

Most Bangkok Residents Wear Their Masks According To Weekly Mask Survey

September 12, 2021

Bangkok residents now wear their face masks properly, and residents in the provinces are being encouraged to follow suit, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said.
The CCSA’s spokesman, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, reported that 99.7% of people surveyed in Bangkok by the Ministry of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation’s “AI Mask” project wore their face-covering properly.
A weekly survey shows that 0.26% of respondents wear face masks incorrectly and 0.02% do not observe disease control measures. In 29 districts, 1633 people were surveyed.
“Other provinces should follow Bangkok’s lead,” he said.
Despite the survey result, Bangkok reported the newest cases of Covid-19 to CCSA yesterday. 3,495 new cases were reported in the capital, up from 3,736 the previous day.
Thailand reported 14,403 new cases of Covid-19 and 189 additional deaths, while 15,610 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals.
The second-highest number of Covid-19 cases was reported in Samut Prakan (1,037), followed by 802 in Chon Buri, 678 in Samut Sakhon, 615 in Ratchaburi, 496 in Nonthaburi, 402 in Narathiwat, 399 in Prachin Buri, 393 in Rayong, and 321 in Saraburi.
39 of the new fatalities, down from 220 the previous day, were caused by underlying health conditions, and one died at home in Nakhon Sawan province.
Among Thailand’s neighbors, Bangkok had the highest death toll with 25 (down from 43 on the previous night) while Samut Prakan (14), Samut Sakhon (12), Pathum Thani (10), and Nonthaburi (6), reported 42.
According to Dr. Taweesilp, 29 provinces continued to experience heavy caseloads even though infections were declining.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Combo Initiative Will Begin In October

September 4, 2021

Next month, Thailand plans to roll out a new vaccination initiative using a mix of AstraZeneca and Pfizer doses to combat Covid-19, according to the Public Health Ministry.
Deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Dr. Sophon Iamsirithavorn, said the ministry’s Covid-19 operation center approved the AstraZeneca-Pfizer vaccination plan.
After Pfizer vaccine doses are delivered later this month, the rollout is expected to begin next month, he said, adding the decision was based on recommendations from a subcommittee on immunization and new local and international research findings.
According to Dr. Sophon, people aged 18 and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first shot and the Pfizer vaccine as their second shot after four to 12 weeks.
Currently, a mixed-dose vaccination is administered with the Sinovac vaccine as the first injection and the AstraZeneca vaccine as the second injection after three to four weeks.
“The mass rollout will take place in October when we get the Pfizer vaccine,” Dr. Sophon said. Approximately 10 million doses are scheduled to be delivered this month.
Currently, the AstraZeneca-Pfizer vaccination initiative is being used in a limited manner. He said the Pfizer vaccine is administered to vulnerable groups who received the AstraZeneca vaccine in June.
According to Dr. Sophon, the country is unlikely to purchase additional Sinovac vaccine doses following the launch of the AstraZeneca-Pfizer vaccination initiative.
“We are waiting for a second-generation inactivated vaccine that can fight variants and is highly safe,” he said. “If children can use this vaccine, we will consider buying it.”
Sinovac vaccine recipients will receive the AstraZeneca booster shot after receiving two Sinovac doses.
The country will have 15 million vaccine doses this month, according to Dr. Sophon.

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Despite Delays In Phuket Sandbox Plan, TAT Wants To Move On To Phuket 7+7 Plan

August 16, 2021

Although many of the original Sandbox plans have been delayed as Covid-19 outbreaks spread and domestic travel has been mostly shut down, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) hopes to launch its 7+7 model for travellers to stay in Phuket for one week before continuing on to a handful of other destinations.
It is proposed to allow arrivals to spend 7 days in Phuket and then spend the remainder of their arrival observation period at one of the 9 designated locations that the TAT has selected and is seeking approval from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
The Thai Anti-Terrorist Team expects to launch this 7+7 plan during August, despite Covid-19 infections consistently exceeding 20,000 per day nationally and 500 per week in the Phuket Sandbox.
Surat Thani would be the first and farthest region to be included in the scheme. With the Samui Plus programme launching on July 15, albeit to paltry numbers, and flights scheduled from Phuket Sandbox to Samui Airport, opening the 7+7 scheme to the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao makes sense.
It makes sense to expand the Sandbox into the two popular holiday regions just outside of Phuket with easy transportation to each. A week after arriving in Phuket, Koh Phi Phi is opened for international travellers, along with Railay Beach and Koh Ngai in Krabi province. In the northern province of Phang Nga, Khao Lak, Kho Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi will be reopened for travellers for their second week in Thailand.
The Phuket Sandbox has so far been a success, with nearly 20,000 arrivals and more than 370,000 hotel room nights booked through September, according to a secretary for the Prime Minister’s office. More travellers come from the US, UK, Israel, and Germany. Bangkok. Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and Chon Buri have been the top 5 destinations after Phuket.

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Thai Bits: Thai Health Organization Does Not Trust Antigen Test Kits, Thai Investors Are Advised To Invest In Value Stocks

August 13, 2021

Health Organizations Are Going To Test Antigen Test Kits

Despite doubts about their ability to detect Covid-19 infections, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has postponed its purchase of 8.5 million antigen test kits, each costing 70 baht, to test their quality.
Dr. Kiatiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary for health and chairman of the GPO, said on Thursday that a media organization expressed its concern over the quality of the chosen devices. As a result, the GPO and the Food and Drug Administration will check their quality first, he said.
According to Dr. Kiatiphum, Rajavithi Hospital has requested that the GPO urgently procure 8.5 million antigen test kits in order to conduct initial Covid-19 tests. Specifications of the test kits are set by the hospital and the National Health Security Office.
He said the GPO had chosen a supplier certified by the FDA but had not yet signed a contract. The cost of the test kits, including VAT, was set at 70 baht.
Rural Doctors Society said on Thursday that the GPO’s selection was based on price, not on the quality and accuracy of the test kits.

Thai Investors Get Advice From A Thai Research Firm

Thai investors should focus their picks on value stocks to reinforce an economic recovery after an inflow of US$720 billion into US mutual funds over the past six months, according to Morningstar Research Thailand.
From May to June, US mutual funds recorded net inflows of $100 billion.
Value stock funds have received more attention from investors than growth stock funds, with US equity funds posting $18 billion in net inflows in June after a very small net inflow over the previous two months.
Large-cap blend, a category that includes both growth and value stocks covering a variety of industries, saw the most inflows in June at $6.8 billion.
According to Morningstar, the large blend had the most net inflows with a total value of $50 billion for the first half of the year.
Growth stock funds for the large, medium, and small categories saw some outflows because investors collected profits from strong returns over the past few years.
In the first six months of this year, the Morningstar US Market Broad Value Index returned 16.9%, higher than the Morningstar US Market Broad Growth Index’s 13.4%.
Morningstar said passive funds are clearly more attractive than active ones.
In the first half of this year, US active equity funds reported $88 billion in inflows, with ARK Innovation ETF leading the group with $7.4 billion. Investors in passive funds reported $16 billion in inflows, led by the Vanguard 500 index VFINX with $15 billion.
Global equity funds saw inflows of around $20 billion (which includes US equity, sector equity, and international equity).
China saw the second-highest growth rate in the international equity category at 18.2%, similar to the diversified emerging markets group with a high proportion of Chinese stocks.
Inflows into short-term bond funds are still greater than those into volatile interest funds.
Taxable bond funds continued to be the top category for net inflows in June, with $48 billion, bringing the total to $340 billion for the first half of the year.
Thai mutual fund markets follow a similar trend to those in the US. After the US economic recovery, money has been flowing into bond funds, especially short-term bonds in the US, while Chinese stock inflows have slowed.

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Thai PM Revokes Fake News Order After Thai Court Found It Against The Law

August 11, 2021

After the Civil Court issued an injunction against its use, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha revoked an order restricting freedom of speech under Section 9 of the emergency decree.
In the PM’s gag order, the government sought to prevent the spread of misinformation and news that might “frighten” people, and threatened internet censorship.
The Civil Court recently ruled that the prime minister’s regulation was illegal. There were already laws in place that could be used to accomplish this.
The regulation was issued in response to mounting criticism of the government’s handling of the Coronavirus outbreak and vaccination program.
On Tuesday, the Royal Gazette published Gen Prayut’s announcement revoking the 29th regulation issued under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Decree.
It stated that the Civil Court had temporarily suspended the enforcement of the regulation, which was issued on July 29, 2021.
According to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), officials have not yet enforced the regulation, and they may use other laws, as the court mentioned.
Therefore, the prime minister revoked the regulation.
General Prayut signed the announcement and it became effective immediately.
Human Rights Lawyer Alliance and 12 media outlets filed a complaint against Gen Prayut, also head of CCSA, with the Civil Court.
They asked for the repeal of the 29th regulation, which permitted the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to block web access to social media users posting content that may “frighten” people.
The Reporters, VoiceTV, The Standard, The Momentum, The Matter, Prachatai, Dem All, The People, Way Magazine, Echo, and Plus Seven were among the media outlets that signed the petition.

The Thai Department of Health Issues Guidelines About How To Have Sex In The Age of COVID-19

August 10, 2021

Don’t forget to wear a condom… as well as a face mask. Look for a sex position that is not face-to-face. Kissing is not allowed. You should avoid saliva… and other secretions. Make it short. That’s what Thailand’s health department suggests. The department announced nine safe sex guidelines after a prostitute in Western Thailand contracted Covid-19.
Along with no kissing, no oral sex, and no anal sex, the department tells students to shower before sex and to clean the bed or other areas where sex takes place with disinfectant. Faces should be kept at a safe distance from each other.
Dr. Peerayuth Sanukul, director of the Department of Health’s Office of Reproductive Health, says people should avoid sex with strangers. Sex parties, which could lead to a cluster outbreak, should be avoided.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19, people should consider safe sex procedures before engaging in any sexual activity. According to the doctor, those at high risk of contracting the virus, those who have recently been infected, and those awaiting test results should all refrain from having sex to reduce the risk of transmission to others.
The Department of Health recommended that lovers and spouses at risk of Covid-19 infection avoid sex altogether, especially those who have not yet received a test result. The doctor also warned about identifying strangers in addition to avoiding sex with strangers.
Several guidelines were developed after a sex worker in Kanchanburi, a province bordering Myanmar, tested positive for Covid-19.
Thailand’s Department of Health issues safe sex guidelines
Take a shower and wash your hands before and after having sex.
Avoid kissing if you want to avoid spreading the Covid-19 virus.
The Covid-19 virus is transmitted through feces, so avoid oral and anal sex.
Reduce contact with saliva or other types of secretions by using condoms, dental dams, and rubber gloves.
To prevent the spread of infection during sex, wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
You should avoid being face-to-face while having sex in order to avoid contact with saliva or other secretions and spend as little time as possible (In other words, have a quickie).
Do not engage in group sex or swap sex partners.
When cleaning the sleeping area or the area where sex was performed, use disinfectants such as 70% alcohol, detergent, and bleach.
Infected condoms, disposable tampons, dental dams, and rubber gloves should be thrown away in a covered container.

Phuket Government And Tourist Officials Are Worried About The Effect Of Tourist Murder

August 9, 2021

Phuket authorities will be making all-out efforts to restore tourist confidence following the murder of a Swiss tourist which has dealt a serious blow to the “sandbox” opening program.
Although police spent only two days tracking down the suspect after discovering the tourist’s body, local authorities and business operators agreed there were many more things to do to restore the confidence of tourists.
Phuket reopened for foreign tourists from July 1 under the Phuket sandbox scheme amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
Under the scheme, tourists are required to stay on the resort island for 14 days and undergo several Covid-19 tests before they are allowed to travel to other provinces.
Phuket governor Narong Woonciew said officials will survey unsafe areas in each community and put them under surveillance.
Equipment and technology will be used to enhance security.
He said collaboration from all sectors is a must and, as an urgent measure, volunteers from the civil sector will be recruited to act as the eyes and ears of local authorities in deterring crimes.
“The province and all stakeholders are working together to step up security for tourists. We are thankful for everyone working to restore confidence in the Phuket sandbox scheme,” he said at a press conference on the arrest of the murder suspect.
He thanked local people for their cooperation, authorities, and police for a swift investigation leading to the arrest of Teerawat Thothip, 27, who confessed to the murder of Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf who was found dead last Thursday at a waterfall.
He said authorities will make assessments to determine how to increase safety around tourist spots deemed to be unsafe.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn also thanked the police for taking swift action, which is expected to restore confidence.
The incident had shocked many and could have devastating impacts on the country’s image, he said.
He said the Tourism and Sports Ministry and TAT offices worldwide will evaluate the impacts on the sandbox scheme while noting that it is still early to discuss the repercussions.
According to the TAT governor, forward bookings for the Phuket sandbox are still ongoing. Almost 6,000 room nights were reserved on Aug 7, compared with 7,027 room nights on Aug 5, 2021.
Phurit Matwongsa, the manager of Patong Resort, said the impacts are limited at this point because the suspect was arrested quickly.
However, an incident like this should never have happened and pre-emptive measures must be in place.
He also said the Covid-19 outbreak is still having a big impact on the tourism industry with several countries advising their people to avoid unnecessary travel to Thailand.
Jan Kaethner, a Swiss diplomat for police affairs, thanked police and the government for their efforts in tracking down the attacker and restoring safety to the tourist province.
Phumkit Raktaengam, president of the Phuket Tourist Association, said the local community will cooperate in making the province a safe tourist destination.
Prachum Tantiprasertsuk, executive of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, said he expects to see increased collaboration in tightening security and safety for tourists. According to the TAT, the Phuket sandbox scheme has generated at least 818 million baht since its launch on July 1. As of Aug 2, it has welcomed 15,169 foreign visitors.
More than 317,000 room nights have been reserved during July-September: 190,843 are for July, 116,253 for August, and 10,320 for September.
In July 2021, the province received 141 flights from six airlines and tomorrow will welcome 191 tourists.
Based on the survey, beaches and natural tourist sites top the tourists’ favourite places.